Steps For Transitioning Your Heat Pump From Cooling to Heating
As cooler temperatures approach, you will be transitioning your heat pump to supply heat during the winter months. This is the time to schedule maintenance tasks before temperatures drop and you need the heating system to function properly. Several tasks can be done by the homeowner inexpensively and quickly.
Maintenance Tasks for the Homeowner
- Replace the air filter.
- Remove any weeds or vegetation from the area around the outdoors section of the heat pump. Leave a clearing of a few feet for access to the unit.
- Clean out the coils before cold weather makes this difficult. Use your garden hose.
- Check your thermostat settings. If you have a programmable thermostat, you may want to adjust the settings for cooler weather.
- Flush and clean the drain line. Remember to prime the trap, if necessary.
- Turn on the auxiliary strip heat for inspection.If the unit uses electric heat, check all of the wiring for discoloration and heat damage.
- Check the amperages of the electric elements. Verify the elements are staging on properly and shutting down properly.
Maintenance Tasks for Professionals
- A professional will check the refrigerant to ensure there is a safe level. Even though the colder months are ahead, the refrigerant level will need to be checked during regular maintenance.
- The electrical connections will be inspected to ensure there is no exposed wiring or loose connections.
- The blower motor should be oiled. Blower wheels should be inspected for balance.
- A professional will check the system’s performance. This can warn you if the energy efficiency is acceptable or any problems are present that should be repaired before operating the heating system.
- A technician will check and clean the evaporator coils.
- For dual-fuel applications, conduct the appropriate preventive maintenance for gas furnaces
Transitioning your heat pump to heat for fall and winter by performing the necessary maintenance tasks will minimize the risk of a breakdown, improve indoor air quality, and extend the life of your system components.
Please contact Balance Point Heating & Air Conditioning with any concerns about transitioning your heat pump from cooling to heating. We are proudly serving the Fort Collins area.